Our History

We share our story with you from start up to an established profitable business

Catherine Gannon, then a tax solicitor at a large US law firm, looks out from their ivory tower and spots a gap in the market.  This gap is the lack of high quality legal advice for entrepreneurs and SMEs.  Research quickly reveals that SMEs generate most of the UK’s GNP – far more than the quoted sector produces.  Many larger law firms claim to service SMEs but in reality smaller businesses are pushed to the bottom of the pile. The opportunity has crystallised – the delivery of top quality legal advice SMEs need within a sensible price bracket.
Our firm is up and trading as a paperless office with scope to work remotely: innovative for 2002. Our technology attracted sharp, experienced solicitors frustrated by the major firms’ practices, processes and politics.
The corporate team starts its expansion.
Administration costs cut by 50%, due to technology investment and outsourcing strategy.
Helen Curtis joins and manages the corporate team which completes its first £20 million+ company sale transaction. Both Helen Curtis and Catherine Gannon take the lead.
John Deane joins to run the commercial and technology teams.  The firm now comprises six partners across its core disciplines backed by a brilliant team.
A very good year with a strong deal flow.  Proud that we had a sufficiently developed team to cope.
Story so far
The original business vision remains.  Of course it is not plain sailing.  But, therein lies the respect for those braving the business world.  Empathy is the core. Hence Project Cub – our initiative to assist incubators with commercial tips and introductions for growing a business.

Core values

Our values make us what we are. They exist at the heart of everything we do:

Enable small and medium enterprises to access specialist solicitors.

We do not operate from fancy premises decked in glass and marble. Clients don’t pay for atriums. We keep our operating costs down. Our clients are sophisticated and unimpressed by swagger.

Draw out talent. Empower individuals to fulfill their potential.

From the junior of juniors to the managing partners, we encourage individual entrepreneurialism. We strip away the politics within most professional partnerships. We demolish barriers to success.

Understand new ideas, think creatively, find innovative solutions.

We listen and learn.  Everyday brings new knowledge and experience to pass onto clients.  The client’s business comes first. We match our legal advice to the business needs.


Without honesty you do not have lift off.

Centre for Entrepreneurs

We are proud sponsors of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, a non-profit think-tank aiming to address the “…under-representation of entrepreneurs in the public eye” and to “…promote entrepreneurship to government, media, the private sector (including big businesses) and the general public”.


Our strategy is simple:

  • Deliver results for our clients; and
  • Deliver the profits to attract and retain a top quality team.

Welcome to Gannons, we look forward to working with you.

Catherine Gannon Signature

Catherine Gannon
Managing Partner

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